Any healthy recipe should conform to the norms of what constitutes a healthy diet. As the awareness about fitness and health is increasing, so is the need to eat healthy. Vegetarianism is the order of the day and healthy vegetarian recipes are very popular. Healthy recipes can fall into many categories. For those who have a heart condition or for those who are suffering from diabetes, certain low calorie healthy recipes are favored.
There are healthy recipes for kids, and healthy recipes for old people. Healthy recipes can also be time specific in the sense that they can cater to any specific mealtime—breakfast, lunch or dinner. As the kind of food we eat is slightly different at these 3 specific times, the healthy recipes will also correspondingly alter. There are even healthy recipes for specific nutrition.
Whatever the purpose of the healthy vegetarian recipe, the bottom line is that should be highly nutritive in value. This would indicate the presence of dietary fiber, which keeps diseases at bay and would also ensure that a healthy weight is maintained. The calorific content of such foods would be less. Vegetable like cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, peas peppers, beans, lemons, lime, radish, tomatoes, fruits like bananas, oranges, melons, pears, olive oil, and spices like ginger fenugreek, and garlic are some of the nutrient rich foods. Soy and its products are good low calorie fillers.
In India, healthy vegetarian recipes like salads form an intrinsic part of every meal. These salads can be prepared in a way that is filling, nutritive and contains less fat. Vegetables like carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers are a part of every Indian household. Shred all these vegetables, add a little salt, a dash of lime and sauté it with mustard and green chillies. For a change instead of lime, add thick curd to the mixture just before serving and you have a great raita filled with nutrients.
Another alteration that you can make is to mix soaked moong dal(after draining the water), small pieces of raw mango, and salt to taste. Sauté it with hing, mustard and green chillies and top it with coriander leaves.
Soups are an all time favorite in many Indian homes. Not only are they filling, but they can be taken before any meal and at any time. Tomato, peas, corn, and mixed vegetable soups are easy to prepare and tasty too.
Tomato and garlic soup can be made by cooking the tomatoes and crushed garlic with bay leaves and peppercorns for about 20minutes or till the tomatoes are soft. Let the mixture cool before pureeing and straining it. Add salt to taste and bring the strained mixture to a boil. Serve hot. The same procedure can be followed for carrot, peas and corn. To make mixed vegetable soup, cook all the vegetables, blend, strain, add salt and white pepper powder and you have a healthy concoction before you.
Fruit salads are even more fun to eat especially after a meal. Mix grapes, segmented oranges, slices of apple, sliced bananas, add a drop of honey, a little sugar (just before serving) and a little grated coconut. Mix well before serving. If you are reluctant to add coconut, mix custard powder in cold milk, and boil till it thickens. Drop the thickened paste on to the fruit mixture and you have delightful custard before you.
Ginger ale is always nice to drink. It is easy to make, Combine ginger juice and lemon juice, add sugar, bring to a boil till sugar dissolves, add a pinch of salt and allow it to cool. This is ginger ale concentrate. Add water as per you needs and make yourself a cool drink.
‘Lassi’ is an all time favorite with Indians. If you can avoid putting in sugar and drink the blended mixture straight, it is healthier. Chaas, a typical low calorie drink made from buttermilk is very common in Indian households. This is not only cooling but filled with health and nutrients.
Healthy vegetarian recipes are as easy to whip up as your imagination allows. With a little bit of innovation, you can make a tasty dish allowing for health and nutrition value as well. ~ Author Mini Swami.